This cozy mountain resort, at once a small town and major Canadian National Park (1907), began 200 years ago as a remote fur-trading outpost nestled among the Canadian Rockies' snowy peaks and glacial lakes. Still tiny (about 4,100 year-round residents), Jasper nonetheless earns kudos from visiting attendees for delivering a memorable out-of-office experience. There's also much here to please planners: a variety of meeting properties, recreational and team-building opportunities (from rafting to dogsledding), and a truly special selection of Jasper MICE venues.
Just getting to Jasper can provide groups with a unique meeting send-off. After flying into one of Alberta's major international airports, attendees can motorcoach their way north from Calgary along the spectacular Icefields Parkway through Banff and Lake Louise; or relax aboard VIA Rail on a leisurely ride west from Edmonton, ending with a welcoming toast at Jasper's historic train station.
Despite having no major convention center, a slew of MICE hotels in Jasper more than makes up the difference in space and amenities. Jasper's grande dame, the 446-room Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, debuted in 1922 on the shore of Lake Beauvert, and offers 20 meeting rooms totaling more than 26,000 square feet. The 153-room Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper features seven meeting rooms and almost 6,000 square feet of flexible space, while the Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites comes with 144 guest rooms paired with almost 20,000 square feet of space. The Marmot Lodge, Chateau Jasper, Lobstick Lodge, and Amethyst Lodge also feature flexible function space backed by total guest rooms ranging from 100 to 140.
For special event venues in Jasper, the Pyramid Lake Resort's airy Columbia Room, awash in pine panels and natural light, holds 60. The Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives houses a fascinating cache of historical photos, documents, and artifacts (e.g., a woolen swimsuit once worn at Miette Hot Springs), and meeting space for 110. The Jasper Activity Centre, home to an aquatic center, squash courts, a curling rink, and several meeting rooms, provides an indoor option for training, recreation, and team-building.
Group dinner spots here range from higher-end hotel venues to upbeat and casual eateries. The Jasper Park Lodge's Moose's Nook Chophouse, which seats groups of up to 60, is warmed by an enormous stone fireplace and a menu spotlighting Albertan meats and local produce. Evil Dave's Grill is actually anything but, with fun cocktails, tasty food, and chic space for 60. The Jasper Brewing Company's Brew Pub and Eatery is known for its signature Canadian beers and comfort food, accommodating up to 60.